Communication & Media Studies

Tell the story, research the facts, meet the deadline, call it a day. Could be a day in the life of a communications student or the start of a new career for a Simpson graduate. In the Department of Communication & Media Studies, you will learn the nuances of life in a newsroom working on The Simpsonian, write feature stories for the student magazine, ID Magazine, and hit the airwaves as a radio disc jockey at local station, KSTM, 88.9 FM.  

“The biggest benefits I took away from my time at Simpson didn’t come from a textbook, but from real-world applications. In addition to working as a writer and editor for the Simpsonian, I was fortunate enough to land two great internships. These experiences helped shape my career path and prepared me for the fast-paced world of athletic media relations. My professors at Simpson helped me realize the importance of my experiences in and out of the classroom.”

Bryan Geelan ’07, Athletics Communications Director at Simpson College

But like any good reporter, you will be encouraged to dig deep to get the back story. Beyond the books and the classroom, you translate what you learn into life in the real world. Students like you have been to the hub of media headquarters in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and walked the motorcade route of JFK’s assassination in Dallas. 

Our faculty firmly believes that ambition will get you where you want combined with a solid foundation of communications acumen and opportunities for real life experience in a communications career — all in one manageable package, only at Simpson.

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“Simpson College gave me the skills to be an analytical thinker. Simply processing or understanding something isn’t enough. You need to push yourself to look above and beyond what’s in front of you – to always ask the whats, the whys, and the hows. In my career, having that expertise is what helps build the foundation for every digital product I create. After graduating from Simpson, I was prepared for the challenges of this demanding profession. “

Nicki Rusinack ’04, User Experience Lead at Threespot in Washington, DC